killer T cell

variants: or less commonly killer T lymphocyte
plural killer T cells also killer T lymphocytes

Definition of killer T cell

: cytotoxic t cell The antigen receptors of killer T cells allow them to recognize the viral peptides, which signal that a cell must be destroyed as unhealthy.— Harald von Boehmer et al. A subset of lymphocytes known as killer T cells may also respond to the envelope protein by destroying infected cells.— William A. Haseltine et al.

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1971, in the meaning defined above

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“Killer T cell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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killer T cell

variants: also killer T lymphocyte

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